Emergency

An emergency can range from your child getting burnt at home to a car accident. Learn all about what to do in an emergency situation and the vital steps you need to take.

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How to avoid sunstroke

Posted on 23 December 2016

Our infographic looks at what causes sunstroke, who is most at risk and how to prevent it this summer.

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How to pin emergency contacts to your phone

Posted on 20 December 2016

The holiday season is the time of year when emergency services are the busiest as more people are on the roads or outdoors. We show you how to pin emergency contacts to your phone for quick access.

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Meet the Critical Care Unit nurse who thrives on challenge

Posted on 11 December 2016

Critical Care Unit (CCU) nursing is a specialty that requires intense training to make split-second decisions in life-threatening medical cases – sometimes without the presence of a doctor. Unit manager Fisanie Shabangu tells us the ins and outs of being a CCU nurse.

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The do’s and don’ts of medication

Posted on 25 October 2016

Taking special care with medications is vital to maintaining their quality and ensuring that the patient gets the full benefit of the treatment. Lize von Schlicht, a pharmacist at Mediclinic Panorama, gives guidance for the safe and responsible usage and storage of medication.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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Organ donation: The FAQs

Posted on 29 August 2016

According to the Organ Donor Foundation, there are approximately 4 300 South African adults and children awaiting a life-saving organ or cornea transplant. Here’s what you need to know to register to become an organ donor.

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The basics on burns and how to treat them

Posted on 26 August 2016

The causes of burns are wide-ranging – but do you know how to identify the severity of a burn or how to treat it? An ER24 Critical Care paramedic tells us more.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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Common household injuries – and how to treat them

Posted on 18 August 2016

An ER24 Critical Care paramedic gives his top tips on how to treat the three most common household mishaps, and when to seek medical assistance.

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Temperature’s rising

Posted on 29 July 2016

The onset of a fever can often be a sign that there is an underlying problem. We take a look at what some of the conditions that can cause a fever and when a high temperature requires medical attention.

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En route and online

Posted on 4 March 2016

Mediclinic has been the medical sponsor of the Cape Town Cycle Tour since 1995 and this year we’re on hand again at regular points along the route for help and

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Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Posted on 1 March 2016

With a field of 35 000 riders, the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world. Thanks to Mediclinic’s comprehensive medical service, it’s also the safest.

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Emergency 101

Posted on 6 January 2016

There are many conditions that aren’t serious but can also be considered emergencies. You should visit an emergency centre if a medical or surgical condition exits that will deteriorate if it’s not treated. Here are some to take note of.

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Handling a poison emergency

Posted on 2 December 2015

With little hands constantly exploring and open mouths at the ready, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what toddlers and kids are ingesting. Here’s what to do in a poison emergency.

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In safe hands: how the triage process works

Posted on 15 September 2015

The triage process starts with a question to the patient or their parent/carer: ‘What is the reason for you coming to the Emergency Centre?’ This is followed by gathering info about the patient’s medical and travel history, as these can often influence or lead to the problem presented.

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In safe hands: explaining triage

Posted on 23 July 2015

The triage process in Mediclinic Emergency Centres speeds up the delivery of time-critical treatment for patients with life-threatening conditions, as it ensures the sickest patients are seen first. It also helps improve patient flow and reduces waiting times. Here’s how it works.

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How to: describe your pain

Posted on 29 April 2015

Since we all experience pain totally differently, it’s extremely difficult to explain what hurts – and how badly – to anyone. We’ve put together a rough guide to explaining your pain to a doctor in the shortest, most effective way possible…

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Don’t push through the pain

Posted on 12 November 2014

Feeling a slight injury niggle? Reckon you can simply ’push through the pain’? Whether you’re a runner or a rugby player, you’re about to make a huge mistake, warns Dr Dirk Nell, orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt.

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SOS – part two: identifying emergencies

Posted on 4 November 2014

Dr Brian Gutuza, the head of the emergency centre at Mediclinic Cape Town tells us how to spot a potentially dangerous situation.

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SOS – part one: dealing with emergencies

Posted on 10 September 2014

Did you know? If you’ve burnt your hand on the stove, don’t sooth the burn with ice or frozen peas. The freezing is harmful to your skin.

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Burn treatment

Posted on 7 January 2014

If you’ve burnt your hand, here’s how to administer treatment and when to see your doctor.

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Emergency: call for help

Posted on 17 December 2013

It’s important you know how to call an ambulance and just as important your children know what an emergency is and who to call for help.

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A car accident: now what?

Posted on 12 December 2013

Tips on how to deal with an road-accident emergency.

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